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LEGO® Education

SPIKE™ Essential


Assemble your set

Open your box and follow these instructions:

  1. Apply the stickers to the correct corners of each sorting tray.
  1. Apply the labels to the box and all of the hardware components.
  1. Open the bags and sort the bricks into the color-coded sorting trays. Bags without numbers are stored in the bottom of the yellow box.
  1. Label each box and its hardware with a unique name or number.
  1. Insert the battery into the SPIKE Essential Hub.
  1. Store the replacement elements for later use.

Classroom Management


  • App: Download the LEGO® Education SPIKE App and units. Review the Start tutorials.
  • Sets: Unpack, sort, label, and number the sets. Update the Hub firmware.
  • Storage: Consider how to conveniently store the sets (e.g., cabinet or wheeled cart) and how you’ll charge the Hubs after use. Store replacement packs separately for when elements go missing.
  • Tools: Gather tape, yardsticks, cardboard, scissors, and student handouts.
  • Space: Clear the tables for working. Use the floor for testing and running programs.
  • Lesson planning: Run through a lesson as if you were a student. Refine and prepare to teach the lesson to your students.

Best Practices

  • Rules: Create classroom rules for hands-on work (e.g., only use elements from one set, use storage box lids as trays for working on/presenting/transporting models, ask peers for help first, guidelines for speaking/listening vs. working).
  • Tidy-up: Reserve time for students to store or disassemble their creations.
  • Lost & found: Create a “lost & found” jar for LEGO elements found on the floor. Students missing an element should look in the jar.
  • Evaluation: Evaluate your lessons and reflect on the experience. Compare notes with a colleague or search social media for tips and tricks.
  • Checking & sorting: Regularly check and sort the sets. Use the element overview on ''side 2'' of the top card inside the storage box as a checklist.
  • Exploration: Allow time for your students to explore the tutorial activities under Start in the app.
  • Grouping: Decide the best way to group your students for effective collaborative learning.

Example: See how one teacher manages small group work.


Prepare To Teach

Find classroom management courses on small group work, lessons, materials, and hands-on learning.

Note: The link above leads to a platform requiring login via LEGO ID. If you don’t have a LEGO ID, you’ll be prompted to create one.

Choose Your First Lessons

The LEGO Education SPIKE Essential lessons are organized into themed units that emphasize different aspects of STEAM. Some units are aimed at lower-primary students, while others are aimed at upper-primary students. Lessons progress in difficulty within each unit and build toward a culminating project. A good place to start is usually with lesson 1. Navigate to the first lesson in each unit below.

Lower Primary Lessons

Upper Primary Lessons